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Argumentative and Aggressive Communication: Theory, Research, and Application is the first text to describe the development, history, research, and application efforts on the communication traits of argumentativeness and verbal aggressiveness. Authors Andrew S. Rancer and Theodore A. Avtgis include a collection of nine widely used reliable and valid instruments which the reader, the researcher, and the practitioner can use for diagnostic and research purposes.

Relating Argumentative and Aggressive Communication with Apprehension, Adaptation, and Personality Traits
Relating argumentative and aggressive communication with apprehension, adaptation, and personality traits

Suppose you were asked to describe a person you know well to someone else. What would you say? What kind of information would you provide? Your description of this person would probably include personality and communication traits you believe he or she possesses. One of your authors recalls a phone conversation during which he was asked to provide a reference for a former student who was applying for a university teaching position. The person on the search committee said, “Please describe this person's communication and teaching style.” Without hesitation, the response provided was, “He's friendly, open, conscientious, dynamic, and assertive.” This description helped paint ...

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